• Total Nerd

Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'

List RulesVote up the coolest stories from behind the scenes of 'The Falcon and the Winter Solider.'

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier miniseries has been widely embraced by fans as a return, of sorts, to the type of superhero action seen in Captain America movies like The Winter Soldier and Civil War. One of the most anticipated new shows on Disney+, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has reunited audiences with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in the absence of Steve Rogers.

Two new Captain Americas, the Dora Milaje, a surprisingly charming supervillain, an army of radicalized super-soldiers, a forgotten hero, twists and turnsThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier has it all. Plenty of action and intrigue took place behind the scenes, too.

  • Photo: Disney+

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus Was Secretly Escorted On Set To Play Val

    In the age of social media, when everyone with a smartphone is an amateur paparazzo, it's nearly impossible for a big studio production to avoid leaks. Spoiler-filled MCU images reveal everything from where the latest productions are filming and the code names they are filming under, to what the heroes' new costumes will look like and which supervillains they will be facing.

    As porous as Marvel's security has been over the years, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier managed to keep more than a few surprises under wraps, including the involvement of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as classic Marvel character Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. According to Louis-Dreyfus, she was escorted on and off the set covered head to toe in an oversize cloak and hood.

    Cool fact?
  • Photo: Disney+

    Isaiah Bradley's House Was Only Blocks From The Birthplace Of Martin Luther King Jr.

    One of the most poignant additions to the MCU in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a forgotten hero from the past: Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), the first African-American super-soldier.

    Even though he attempts to follow in Steve Rogers's footsteps for the good of America, Bradley finds that the government is not as kind to him as to his predecessor, solely because of his skin color. Whereas Rogers was cheered for disobeying direct orders when he went off to save the Howling Commandos during WWII, Isaiah was imprisoned and experimented on in some nameless prison for decades when he did the same thing to save his brothers in arms during the Korean War.

    Bradley's story brings some of the darker sides of American history and race relations to light in the MCU. Fittingly, the scenes that take place at Bradley's house were filmed at 66 Hogue Street NE in Atlanta, GA, just a few blocks away from the birthplace of social rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

    Cool fact?
  • Photo: Disney+

    Daniel Brühl Improvised Baron Zemo's Now-Legendary Dance Moves

    One moment in episode 3, "The Power Broker," instantly became a meme before breaking big as a wildly popular house party video.

    Following Baron Zemo's lead, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes find themselves on the hunt for the Power Broker in the bumping Madripoor nightclub Brass Monkey, the base of operations for high-level crime boss Selby (Imelda Corcoran). Wilson and Barnes are all business, but Zemo takes the opportunity to hit the dance floor and get his groove on.

    Almost immediately, memes, GIFs, and videos of Zemo's fist-pumping moves started popping up everywhere. To get in on the action and satiate fan demand, Marvel even released a one-hour "Dancing Zemo" video that went on to rack up millions of views.

    According to Brühl, the dance scene was completely improvised:

    It wasn't on the page; it was improvised. I thought it was so much fun because this guy has been sitting and rotting in a German prison cell. So, it's time to let off some steam.


    Cool fact?
  • Photo: Disney+

    Falcon's Origin Was Tweaked To Mirror Anthony Mackie's

    There's a lot of action in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but the pace slows down periodically to do a little character-building. Many of the quieter moments are spent exploring the repercussions Sam Wilson's family faced in his absence during the five years after the "Snap" and the state of life in his Louisiana home when he returns following the "Blip." The flora of the Bayou State permeates these scenes, with magnolias and bald cypress trees surrounding the Wilson homestead, and the Wilsons' crumbling fishing boat serving as an integral plot point. 

    If Anthony Mackie felt right at home in these scenes, it's because the actor was born in New Orleans, even though the Sam Wilson in the comic books was not. Marvel changed Wilson's origin to mirror Mackie's own and to showcase a region of the country that has been through more than its fair share of real-world catastrophes. 

    Cool fact?